Lia Haraki is a Cyprus born choreographer and performer who played a vital role in the rapid development of contemporary dance in Cyprus the last few years.
After finishing her BA at the Laban Centre she performed for 5 years with Greek dance companies in Athens and in 2003 she returned home, to Cyprus, where she started presenting her own work, through her company PELMA.
She is the Cyprus representative of the Aerowaves network and the danceWEB Europe programme.
Her work focuses on human identity and its unlimited possibilities when explored through the art of dance/theatre.
She sees the body as a unique universe, with the only chance for it to be redefined as interesting (intelligent-creative, IQ-EQ) is outside its social context, therefore through art. What is human but socially non comprehendible can start to be interesting.
She integrates voice, text, and different types of theatre into her dance language, with which she attempts to create new realities.
Collaborations with different artists from other artistic frameworks such as visual arts, music and dramaturgy include Polys Peslikas, Guy Cools and others.
Her productions ‘Evergreen’ and ‘Eye to I’ have won awards in two Cyprus Dance Platforms and have been presented in festivals such as Aerowaves London, Julidans Amsterdam, Kalamata International Festival, Euroscene Leipzig and other.
Her last production ‘Living Happily Forever After’ was a co-production with the Cyprus Ministry of Culture and Tanzherbst Festival Dresden and was presented in both countries.